Scheduled for back-up duty at tight end . . . missed the final week of spring practice with bruised ribs . . . had four catches for 23 yards in the April 17 scrimmage . . . three of his 12 career receptions have gone for touchdowns . . .
AS A JUNIOR: Earned a spot on the Academic All-Big Ten Team in 1998 . . . played in nine games, including starts vs. Michigan and Central Michigan as the Spartans opened those games in a double-tight end set . . . sat out the last three games of the ’98 season (vs. Purdue, Illinois and Penn State) with a bruised shoulder . . . caught six passes for 42 yards (7.0 avg.) . . . his only reception vs. Indiana went for a season-long 15 yards . . . had two catches for 7 yards vs. Central Michigan . . . had one grab each vs. Notre Dame (7 yards) and Oregon (12) . . . scored MSU’s first touchdown of the season on a 1-yard toss from Bill Burke on fourth-and-goal early in the second quarter vs. Colorado State . . . also returned a kickoff 4 yards in the season opener vs. Colorado State . . . played a total of 75.5 minutes in ’98, including a career-high 20.5 minutes vs. Colorado State . . .
AS A SOPHOMORE: Back-up tight end saw action in all 12 games in 1997 . . . had six receptions for 48 yards (8.0 avg.) and two touchdowns . . . caught at least one pass in four games . . . had two catches for 20 yards vs. Minnesota, including a 2-yard TD toss from Todd Schultz in the second quarter . . . only reception vs. Memphis went for a TD, a 2-yarder from Schultz in the first period . . . caught two passes for 16 yards vs. Western Michigan while playing a season-high 26 snaps . . . returned a kickoff 11 yards vs. Purdue . . .
AS A FRESHMAN: Appeared in two games in 1996 (vs. Purdue and Eastern Michigan) and played four minutes . . . logged three minutes vs. Eastern Michigan in his longest stint of the season . . .
1995 SEASON: Redshirted . . .
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Honorable mention all-state choice as a senior . . . earned all-league, all-area and all-metro honors in 1994 . . . had 20 catches for nearly 200 yards and a touchdown as a senior . . . recorded 70 tackles in ’94, including seven sacks . . . two-year starter at Detroit Catholic High School, playing both ways as a tight end and outside linebacker . . . born April 29, 1977 . . . majoring in business/pre-med.
Rainko's Career Statistics
G/GS No. Yds. Avg. TD LG 1997 12/0 6 48 8.0 2 18 1998 9/2 6 42 7.0 1 15 Career 21/2 12 90 7.5 3 18
No. Yds. Avg. TD LG 1997 1 11 11.0 0 11 1998 1 4 4.0 0 4 Career 2 15 7.5 0 15
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